Mendelssohn : Piano Concertos

Mendelssohn : Piano Concertos


Mendelssohn : Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

Rudolf Serkin, Eugene Ormandy, Columbia Symphony Orchestra (1957 and 1959)

Columbia MS 6128

Speakers Corner Records : LP 180 gram

Brand New and Sealed Record

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Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809 - 1847) :
A - Concerto No. 1 in G Minor (1830 - 1831)
B - Concerto No. 2 in D Minor (1837)

Recorded in December 1957 and October 1959 at Broadwood Hotel in Philadelphia, by Stan Tonkel.

That Mendelssohn was a genial composer and piano virtuoso is very evident in his piano concertos. Written in his youth, his first piano concerto is full of élan and power, with grand gestures in the themes and an early masterly command of symphonic development, which is continued – though rather more subtly in the second. This music also testifies to the 22-year-old’s superb command of his favorite instrument. To this day young pianists at music competitions all over the globe emulate such artistry.

Such Olympian efforts were not for Rudolf Serkin, who approached the virtuoso works at the end of the Fifties with all the maturity of a 'grand seigneur'. With amazing accuracy and the most delicate touch he unfolds the tightly-knit music, illuminating the flowing melodies and figures with a candid, clear brightness and thereby painting a warm, romantic and colorful landscape with finely- yet firmly-drawn lines. Thanks are due to the wonderful recording technicians whose expertise has made this LP a true masterpiece.

The "golden age" of recordings was from 1955 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

This Speakers Corner LP was remastered using pure analogue components only, from the original analogue studio tapes through to the cutting head, and was pressed with virgin vinyl at Pallas. More information under